North Korea executed five communist party officials after they spoke out against the regime’s economic policies, it has been reported.
The Economic Ministry employees were shot by firing squad after they criticised the North Korea’s economic policy which has left the country one of the poorest nations in the world
All five Economic Ministry workers were shot by firing squad on July 30 after details of their conversations emerged at a dinner party and were reported back to their bosses, according to DailyNK.
The men had openly discussed the need for industrial reform in the militarised nation state which produces few consumer goods for its impoverished citizens.
The government officials had also apparently discussed the need for North Korea to seek foreign cooperation to help overcome devastating trade sanctions.
They also expressed fears that the stagnant economy would get even worse if improvements were not made quickly.